Definition of life sciences in US English:

life sciences

plural noun

  • The sciences concerned with the study of living organisms, including biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry, and related subjects.

    Often contrasted with physical sciences
    • ‘The mix of funding sources differs in significant ways for the social sciences versus the life sciences.’
    • ‘Hence, physical sciences gravitate towards prescriptive laws, whilst life sciences use descriptive laws.’
    • ‘In all, ten experiments will be carried out during the 37th campaign, seven in physical sciences and three in life sciences.’
    • ‘Others continue their chemical education into graduate school in chemistry and life sciences.’
    • ‘First, the number of women studying medicine and life sciences in postgraduate programs has risen significantly.’
    • ‘The university library has more than 10,000 books on a variety of subjects including encyclopedia, life sciences and world books.’
    • ‘Day 1 focuses on the contribution from scientists in physics, material science and life sciences.’
    • ‘Most offer degrees in law and the humanities and the social, health, and life sciences as well as engineering and the physical sciences.’
    • ‘However, it only took a few widely reported examples of misconduct in the life sciences for physicists to think that it was not their problem.’
    • ‘In July we have a science centre opening, which celebrates the life sciences.’
    • ‘And physicists enjoy careers in engineering, chemistry, life sciences, and Earth sciences.’
    • ‘The life sciences and related technology, such as genetic engineering, could lead to better careers in the near future.’
    • ‘He and Elaine also established scholarships for varsity swimmers and for students studying the life sciences.’
    • ‘This site lists many useful sources for the life sciences, organized by topic.’
    • ‘It is a first-tier journal for new methods and significant improvements in life sciences and chemistry.’
    • ‘The report also relayed concerns about the widening gap between support for physical sciences as compared to life sciences.’
    • ‘It was put forth as part of a broader effort to move the study of human behavior toward the life sciences.’
    • ‘This was to change his life and, after this experience, he gave up military research to concentrate on the ethics of science and later on life sciences.’
    • ‘Then consider how the future looks to three experts in information technology, life sciences, and alternative energy.’
    • ‘It is understood that the university's reputation for medicine and life sciences could be a deciding factor in the firm's decision on the site for its new venture.’


life sciences

/ˈˌlīf ˈsīənsəz//ˈˌlaɪf ˈsaɪənsəz/